Felix Jackson

Founder

Paul

Paul Gardner

Founder

Cara

Cara Gardner

Senior Web Developer

Ronak Lakhani

Director of Business Development & Strategy

Brian Thelwell

Senior Developer

Jessica Thilaganathan

Scientific Leader

Jess Easterbrook

Scientific
Advisor

Laura Cope

Scientific
Advisor

Rivka Marks-Maran

Scientific Advisor

Simren Gill

Scientific Advisor

Yvonne Adebola

Scientific Advisor

Tea Meneghetti

Scientific Insight
Advisor

Alex Teckkam

Scientific Advisor

Ricky Tsang

Scientific Advisor

The story of medDigital

Felix

Felix Jackson

Founder and Medical Director

Felix is a doctor and entrepreneur developing digital technology for the health and care sector. Trained as an Anaesthetist in the UK gaining MRCP with the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Then, he left clinical practice to start working in digital health, founding medDigital.

medCrowd is the product of years of work towards his ultimate goal of making it easier for health and care workers to give better care to every patient in the world. While enjoying his personal hobby as a beer taster...

Paul

Paul Gardner

Founder and CTO

Paul started to code at a very early age. He gained experience as a software engineer and technical architect in a variety of blue chip organizations to become a serial entrepreneur, the last of his ventures in finance.

Moving on from finance, Paul was looking for somewhere else to develop magical tech, so when he met Felix, medDigital and medCrowd were born. Co-founded by the geeky medic and this digital boffin. It was 2010.

Cara

Cara Gardner

Senior Web Developer

Cara has a long history in web development and of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with her husband Paul in whatever ventures he's undertaking. After several years working and volunteering in Education, Cara couldn't resist returning to her tech roots to join medDigital in 2013.

With a degree in English Lit, a love of trivia, creative writing and singing and an obsession with making digital content display to the most people on the most devices in the most attractive formats, her passion is communication.

For medDigital's clients, though, the tech stuff was only part of the picture. Projects diversified and Scientific Advisors were needed...

Ronak

Ronak Lakhani

Director of Business Development & Strategy

Ronak has a degree in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Bioinformatics and previously worked in R&D at Abbott Laboratories. After completing his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Sussex, Ronak spent five years researching neurological disorders in California, where his work highlighted potential new therapies that could be used to treat developmental disorders of the central nervous system.

During his time in San Diego, Ronak tried his hand at surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding and was a big fan of the local craft beer scene. After leaving the California sunshine and returning to England for a stint as a Management Consultant, Ronak found he wanted to pursue something more meaningful, and medDigital was the perfect place where he could utilise his passion for novel patient treatment methods to help revolutionise healthcare through digital communication.

Brian

Brian Thelwell

Senior Developer

Brian is a full-stack developer focusing primarily around Microsoft technologies in Agile environments. He has experience in building Web based applications, B2B enterprise integrated systems and architecture/design in the financial and insurance sectors.

Constantly looking to new technologies and for opportunities to learn, moving to medDigital represents the next step in Brian's quest for self-improvement and he is looking forward to it!

Jessica

Jessica Thilaganathan

Scientific Leader

Jess did an integrated Master’s in Medicinal Chemistry at University. Having done an internship at a tech company during her degree, she decided to shift away from drug development and embark on a career in healthcare technology. Before joining the medDigital team she consulted with pharma companies on how best to collect patient data in clinical trials, looking at how innovative technology could be used in different therapeutic areas to gather data needed for drug approvals.

Having experienced life before drug approval in the pharmaceutical industry, Jess was interested to work on the post-approval stage and was seeking a role with more project ownership which is what drew her to medDigital. She hopes her previous experience and skills will help her be a valuable addition to the team and she can’t wait to embark on a new challenge!

Jess

Jess Easterbrook

Scientific Advisor

Jess studied a BSc in Biomedical Science at Cardiff University and then went on to study an MSc in Cancer Cell Biology at the University of Sussex. After graduating, Jess went on to work in project management at a healthcare communications agency. Whilst managing the publication of peer-reviewed journals Jess’ interest in scientific writing was kindled. Jess went on to work in the client services team of a creative healthcare advertising agency but soon realised that his passion was in developing the scientific content.

Having project managed the development of innovative healthcare materials, Jess was looking to be more involved in content development, review and approval. Jess discovered that his project management skills and scientific aptitude would be a perfect combination for a role as Scientific Advisor at medDigital.

Laura

Laura Cope

Scientific Advisor

Laura studied a Bioscience BSc at the University of Nottingham, from where she hails. With a medicine-focused dissertation and an emerging interest in clinical practice she then began a role in Healthcare. However, the laboratory soon started calling and wanting to indulge her inner Science-geek Laura moved into the safety evaluation of pharmaceutical intermediates and project management.

A move to rural Wales then brought another career change freelancing in digital content, as well as a rather peculiar Welsh twang. Laura’s voluntary work with a Welsh health organisation committed to improving patient care as well as her interest in digital innovation led her to seek a more fulfilling career. Laura’s thrilled to join medDigital as a Scientific Advisor and to be a part of the digital revolution in healthcare.

Rivka

Rivka Marks-Maran

Scientific Advisor

Rivka has a background in biochemistry and drug development, studying at the University of Liverpool for her undergraduate degree before completing an MSc at King’s College London. During her MSc in Drug Development Science at King’s, she enhanced her knowledge of the drug development lifecycle from preclinical studies through to post-marketing, including clinical trial design and the interpretation of trial data.

Rivka has worked in drug safety since concluding her studies, including periods at MSD, a pharmaceutical consultancy and Chugai. Now, she has decided to further indulge her passion for science by undertaking medical affairs related tasks by becoming a Scientific Advisor at medDigital.

Rivka is excited to expand her skills by leading on a variety of digital projects and of course introduce the team to Monty, her poochon.

Simren

Simren Gill

Scientific Advisor

Simren studied her MSc and PhD at Imperial College London within the Department of Mucosal Immunology working on opportunistic bacterial infections. After her PhD, Simren was awarded a 1 year fellowship funded by the Wellcome Trust and The Imperial College Antimicrobial Research Collaborative. During this time, Simren was exposed to how digital innovations are rapidly changing the healthcare system and how cross disciplinary research is bringing industry and academia together to develop novel treatments against infectious diseases.

After a Post Doc in the USA, where Simren developed a more broad interest in clinical trials and scientific communication, Simren wanted to use her interest in pioneering science and healthcare in an innovative medcomms environment. With her interest in infectious diseases and digital technology, Simren hopes to be a key member of the medDigital team during this exciting time in healthcare.

Yvonne

Yvonne Adebola

Scientific Advisor

Yvonne studied her MSc at King’s College London in Global Health with Global Surgery, during this time under a WHO initiative, she travelled to Zambia to research barriers to healthcare worker hand hygiene adherence in a rural teaching hospital providing recommendations for improving practices.

Professionally, Yvonne has enjoyed working on exciting digital innovation in health projects, from collecting discrepant and acceptability patient data for a NHS online lab testing service, to managing the Health Outcomes department of a leading provider of electronic clinical outcome assessments. She has been a contributing writer for a range of publications.

In her free time, she likes to get involved in science and healthcare policy, is deeply engrossed in nutrition and wellness, and intermittently takes on live vocal performances. She eagerly looks forward to contributing to the scientific, creative work here at medDigital!

Tea

Tea Meneghetti

Scientific Insight Advisor

Tea’s interest in medical research sparked during her BSc in Cognitive Science and Psychobiology at the University of Padua (Italy), and persisted at the University of Sussex during her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Having spent quite some time in academia, she carried out research in several aspects of cognitive science; from cognition in diabetes to neuroimaging studies, and from consciousness research to qualitative interviews. She authored a scientific publication before switching career plan - moving over to the other side of medical research.

Joining medDigital will give her the chance to contribute to the industry side of healthcare, and hopefully integrate her research skills to the promising world of digital communications in medicine!

Alex

Alex Teckkam

Scientific Advisor

Alex studied a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Portsmouth and an MPH in Public Health at King’s College London. It was here that he developed an interest in digital health communications, completing qualitative research on how patient organisations and their online patient communities use social media.

After graduating Alex worked for PAGB, collaborating with a variety of pharmaceutical companies to advise and approve healthcare content for medicine and medical device brands. He also had the chance to work on a number of health communications initiatives. During this time, it became clear that digital health was rapidly advancing and wanting to be part of the action, Alex joined medDigital.

Alex greatly looks forward to contributing to the exciting digital and scientific projects in the role of Scientific Advisor.

Ricky

Ricky Tsang

Scientific Advisor

Ricky studied his BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Manchester and continued onto a PhD in Cell Matrix Research where he developed quantitative live-cell imaging techniques to analyse mechanotransduction pathways. After graduating, Ricky worked as a Study Director, managing R&D projects that focused on the formulation development of topical and transdermal pharmaceutical products.

Ricky's interest in healthcare communications grew during his time in consultancy, where he developed evidence-based value communication materials to support market access strategy and product reimbursement. Also, he gained additional experience as a medical writer at a global scientific publishing company, producing abstracts, posters and manuscripts for print. It was then that he realised the potential of what digital communications have to offer the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and he seized the opportunity to become involved. At medDigital, Ricky is now looking forward to the challenge of applying his traditional communications experience to the creative and innovative digital space.

Who knows who will join us next... stay tuned!

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